Cacao Fermentation

Cacao Fermentation

Did you know that there is a fermentation step in making chocolate?

It's true! There is a lot that goes into good quality cacao.

Which part is fermented?

The white pulp, or baba, that surrounds the cacao beans.

A hand holding a pulp-covered cacao bean

After a cocoa pod is picked from the tree, the cocoa beans and white pulp are carefully removed and fermented from 2-7 days.

Fermentation is only one important step in flavor development.

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